Football Celebrates Homecoming Against Wagner On Saturday

Nov. 10, 2000


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All-Time vs. Wagner: Jacksonville is 0-1 all-time vs. Wagner after losing one of the most memorable games in school history to the Seahawks on Nov.14, 1998. The two teams combined for 106 points and 1,161 yards of toal offense as Wagner defeated the Dolphins, 62-44. It was the most points ever allowed by JU and the most rushing yards allowed as the Seahawks ran for 352 yards on 44 carries. Wagner freshman tailback John Campbell ran for 324 yards on 39 carries, while JU quarterback Gary Cooper threw for a school-record 343 yards before leaving with an injury. The teams combined for 52 first downs. Wagner racked up 671 yards of total offense and seven rushing touchdowns against the Dolphins - both of which still stand as JU opponent highs.

Scouting The Seahawks: Wagner enters the game 6-3 overall, 6-1 in the Northeast Conference after posting a 35-3 win over St. John's last Saturday at home. The Seahawks have scored 125 points (31.3 ppg) in the last four games with the only loss coming in overtime, 38-31, to Robert Morris, the top-ranked team in Division I-AA non-scholarship. Wagner and JU have two common opponents. The Seahawks have defeated Monmouth, 14-7, and Stony Brook, 35-9.

Wagner is led by junior tailback John Campbell, who has rushed for 569 yards on 157 carries and seven touchdowns. Junior quarterback Aaron Smith has thrown for 2,016 yards and 19 touchdowns, while Jason Bain leads the receiving corp with 46 catches for 750 yards and four TD's.

Walt Hameline is in his 20th season as head coach at Wagner, where he also serves as the school's athletic director. Hameline has a 147-59-2 (.712) record with the Seahawks, including 10 postseason appearances and the 1987 NCAA Division III National Championship. As athletic director, Hameline has added six sports since 1992 (five for women), and has expanded the athletic staff and facilities.